J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark

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89 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar in Newark, Delaware works to provide a quality menu that uses only the freshest ingredients. The company was founded in 1996, but the location in Newark is the newest addition.



The restaurant offers a range of food from appetizers to entrees. Some of the top options on the menu at J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar include the Philly cheese steak flatbread, southern fried chicken, baked lobster mac and cheese and mashed sweet potatoes. Some of the favorite choices for dessert at J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar include brownies, including a gluten free option, apple walnut cobbler and New York style cheesecake.


What 89 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. There were a few LOUD and questionable clientele but other than that it was good.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 14 March 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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FirstTimeCustomer
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I would give this restaurant another try. I was not too happy with my meal but it was not terrible. everyone was nice for the most part and the restaurant was very clean and well sanitized! I so appreciate the staff. We will see what next time brings.

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LindaC
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had reservations but had to wait a while. Food and drink service slow. Pleasant staff. Food was good.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 4 March 2020

Thanks for the very nice review. Very sorry to hear that you had to wait even with the reservation. We will continue to discuss this with the host staff. We look forward to your next visit.

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Eric
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and good food!

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 2 March 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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Simplelife
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Seafood pasta awesome; crab cake mostly bread and crumbled apart

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 26 February 2020

Thanks for the very nice review.

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Mnhshew
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our second time eating here and the food was awesome both times. The service is slightly odd as several wait staff attend to each table so we get asked the same questions and told the same information multiple times.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 24 February 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review! The service should be seamless even though you have different staff members taking care of you. We will talk about this. We look forward to your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very short wait fast service. Great service. Good service.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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Jimsgyrl81
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Just ok this time around. Was there to celebrate hubby’s bday..The food wasn’t as good as it normally is. The chicken was fried way too hard. My 3 yr old didn’t even eat it. Our server was nice, but the experience wasn’t as great as prior visits.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 24 February 2020

Hello, my name is Fatema Estrada and I'm the General Manager of this location. I'm very sorry to hear that this visit wasn't as great as previous visits. I can promise you that nothing has changed. I would love the opportunity to speak with you. If you would be so kind to call me at 302-369-4000 or send your contact information to jbdawsons@yahoo. Looking forward to speaking with you. Sincerely, Fatema.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The atmosphere was great for just a night out with my wife. Food was good and the ambience was cool. Drinks were a little weak but overall had a great time.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 20 February 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

The service was greats but my fiancé and I didn’t really enjoy our meals disappointed with everything. Even the drink she ordered was watered down. Twisted shrimp appetizer were small for the price point . I ordered the shrimp and scallops it was just ok the mashed potatoes were bland and room temperature . I would not eat there again.

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Reesecup
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and so were the staff made us feel like family will be coming back soon

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 20 February 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review! We look forward to your next visit.

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bettyc
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Waited 15 minutes past our reservation time. I ordered the “Roasted veggie bowl” which was basically a dish of white rice and 2 large pieces of Bread. There was a total of 2 button mushrooms and 1 slice of zucchini and a few stalks of asparagus for the veggies. It was all white bread and white rice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent service and food was great!

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 20 February 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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SamP
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at this restaurant. The service was great and the food even better.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 20 February 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review & for finally giving JBD's a try!

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viptoniar
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitresses all awesome especially Kaiya who was Informative, honest and thoughtful. Food delish as always and cocktails too. Perfect Friday night.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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JenniferF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Everyone works together. Great food. Great value

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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viphargin3
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, service is the best. They are the friendliest people. Very attentive to your request. Their Maui ribeye steak, and the Salmon Oscar are" soooooo good! "

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review! You have pretty much said it all. We look forward to your next visit.

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Sarge
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had great meals, good food prepared the way we asked, service was good, and they were very accommodating for my wife’s mobility issues. Even found us a table where her rollator could be parked right next to us.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 31 January 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review! So glad to hear that you loved everything.

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CJGROG
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Great service but the food was only mediocre. Had the prime rib which was tough and lacked flavor. The baked potato was cold in spots...hot in others. I won’t be back for a business meal.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 25 January 2020

While I'm thrilled to hear that the service was great, I'm very sorry to hear about the quality of food that you received. We pride ourselves on great food & great service. We pride ourselves on great food & great service & you only received 1/2 of our promise. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this visit. If you would be so kind to call me at 302-369-4000 or send your contact information to jbdawsons@yahoo. Looking forward to speaking with you. Robert Lautenbacher. GM

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jimjac
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time and the food was very good. I have always liked it there.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 25 January 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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vfclead
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, quiet atmostphere, reasonable price, what more could you ask for in a restaurant attached to the mall.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 9 January 2020

Thanks for the very nice review. We look forward to serving you again.

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Slagn
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had dinner there New Year's Eve. Had a reservation, and waited quite a while for a table, but understandable, as they were very busy. Food and drinks were excellent and we had a great waitress.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 9 January 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review! Very sorry to hear that you had to wait longer than your reservation time. We will make sure that we speak about this with the staff. Thanks for being understandable & I'm so happy to hear that it was worth the wait. Sincerely, Pete Dicarlo. Director of Operations/Owner.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for New Years Eve. Great service and menu! Offered a special NYE menu but also allowed us to order from their regular menu.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 1 January 2020

Thanks for the wonderful review! So happy you joined us on such a special day.

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JackieC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The waitress stopped coming to our table after some time so we had to wave down different waiters . Decided it would be a bad idea to order anything further. We paid with cash so we didn’t have to wait for anyone to run our card.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 9 January 2020

Hello, my name is Fatema Estrada & I'm the General Manager of this location. I'm very sorry to hear about your service because we pride ourselves on great food & great service. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this visit. If you would be so kind to call me at 302-369-4000 or send your contact information to jbdawsons@yahoo. Looking forward to speaking with you. Sincerely, Fatema.

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RonaldB
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

1st visit. We had the New Years Eve specials. Stuffed lobster tails, and steak and mashed potatoes. Both meal were EXTREMELY salty! !! Our server and the manager were great at addressing our needs.

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Nichele
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Talk about a perfect night!!!! Cute date night spot with good music, excellent service and food was amazing!!

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 31 December 2019

Thanks for the wonderful review! So glad to hear that you loved everything.

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WilliamS
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Having reservations was Good.
Walked in the Door and was spotted right away.
Good Service

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 26 December 2019

Thanks for the very nice review.

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vipdinersrus
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Very nice service from the hosting staff, servers, and management. The issue was that our meal arrived a minute after our salads arrived. We asked for the entrees to be returned to the kitchen. We were told the side dishes were replaced (not sure) but the salmon and crab cakes seemed to have been just kept warm. Nonetheless, we accepted our fate. The salmon was ok but the crab cakes were too dry with way too much filling and very little crab. Staff worked to solve our issue but it was not the best of dinner experiences.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 12 December 2019

Hello, my name is Fatema Estrada and I'm the General Manager of this location. I'm so sorry to hear about this experience because this is definitely not the norm when it comes to J.B. Dawson's. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this visit. If you would be so kind to call me at 302-369-4000 or send your contact information to jbdawsons@yahoo. Looking forward to speaking with you. Sincerely, Fatema

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vipMichelleK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was awful and the wait long! Also chicken was terrible in the entree. The drink was delicious but that’s about it.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 25 November 2019

Michelle, my name is Fatema Estrada & I'm the General Manager of this location. I'm completely embarrassed by this review. We pride ourselves on great food & great service. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this review because we are so much better than what you received. If you would be so kind to call me at 302-369-4000 or send your contact information to jbdawsons@yahoo. Sincerely, Fatema.

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vipKenB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

JB's never disappoints. Once again in for the weekend to visit my kids at University of Delaware and it's a stop we always make every time out there. Food and service is excellent!!

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 20 November 2019

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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KathyP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was fantastic! The dining area is a little run down and could use some freshening up.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 20 November 2019

Thanks for the very kind review.

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jleigh1683
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always consistently delicious! Managers are always on the ball and service is great.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 18 November 2019

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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MargieW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent, as always. Service was a bit lacking. Never got our bread, nor our second appetizer. My friend's husband had to wait about 30 minutes for the beer he asked for. But, all in all, I will definitely be back to JB Dawson's. Their food is excellent.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 13 November 2019

Thanks for the very nice review although it sounds like we didn't deserve it. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about this visit. If you would be so kind to call me at 302-369-4000 or send your contact information to jbdawsons@yahoo. Looking forward to speaking with you. Sincerely, Fatema Estrada. General Manager.

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MargaretA
Key West
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time we went to this restaurant and was not disappointed. I ordered the seasonal lobster mac and cheese and it was very good, a big portion also. Hubby got the rotisserie chicken and said it was very tender. We will be back to this restaurant again....very nice ambiance

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 18 November 2019

Thanks for the wonderful review! So glad to hear that you finally gave us a try and you weren't disappointing. Expect things to be great each & every time you walk through our doors. Looking forward to your next visit.

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Franc19
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and the food was amazing. I would definitely come again and highly recommended! I’ve recommended people come for the crab dip especially!

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 6 November 2019

Thanks for the wonderful review! Looking forward to your next visit.

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SophiaN
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great we had a wonderful waitress and the manager came by to say hello. It was great we will go back.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 5 November 2019

Thanks for the great review!

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vipMLHEM
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food very good. Lobster bisque and crab corn chowder were both excellent. Very filling. Our server Sierra was excellent. She was really personable, made some great suggestions and was overall a very friendly, hospitable person.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 5 November 2019

Thanks for the wonderful review! Looking forward to your next visit.

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vipKenB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here 3-4 times a year when in town to visit our kids at University of Delaware. It has never disappointed and the family enjoys coming here for a nice meal away from campus

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 5 November 2019

Thanks for the wonderful review & your continued patronage!

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lex215
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Experience and Food

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 5 November 2019

Thanks for the great review!

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JoanS
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had reservations, if not, was a long wait. Service was great, enjoyed a nice meal and evening. Will be back again.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark
Responded on 5 November 2019

Thanks for the very nice review. Looking forward to your next visit.

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J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 369-4000.

J B Dawson's Restaurant & Bar - Newark is rated 4.2 stars by 89 OpenTable diners.

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